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The woman who hid Edward Snowden

When Edward Snowden showed up at her door, Vanessa Rodel had no idea who he was. Then she saw his face of the front page of the newspaper. Vanessa tells the story of how she gave Snowden refuge, and the price she paid to help him.
Vanessa Rodel said that after a decade of being in limbo in China, she's excited to start over in Canada. (Matt D'Amours/CBC)
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When Edward Snowden showed up at her door, Vanessa Rodel had no idea who he was. Then she saw his face of the front page of the newspaper. Rodel and her daughter have just arrived in Canada as privately sponsored refugees. Vanessa tells the story of how she hid Snowden, who at the time was the subject of an international manhunt for leaking top secret information that exposed a global US spy program. She also talks about the price she paid to help him.

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